Star Hotel Sollentuna and Umeå Plaza become Scandic Hotels

Star Hotel in Sollentuna and Umeå Plaza become Scandic Hotels Effective July 1, 2000, Provobis' Star Hotel in Sollentuna, outside Stockholm, and the Umeå Plaza hotel in northern Sweden will change their names to Scandic Hotel Star Sollentuna and Scandic Hotel Plaza Umeå, respectively. This means that both hotels will become fully integrated with the Scandic operating, sales and marketing system. These are the first Provobis hotels to change their name to Scandic following Scandic's acquisition of the Provobis chain, which was finalized on June 15. The remaining Provobis hotels will change their names and become part of the Scandic system later this autumn. "Our aim is to retain and further develop all of the benefits and special features represented by Provobis hotels at the present time. As a guest, you should be able to recognize the hotels in the future, at the same time as we hope that the guests will also appreciate the additional advantages offered by Scandic," says Anders Lilius, Executive Vice President of Scandic Hotels. For additional information, please contact: Anders Lilius, Executive Vice President. +46 8 517 351 19 Gunnar Brandberg, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications +46 8 517 352 12, or +46 709 73 52 12 Scandic Hotels is the leading hotel group in the Nordic region, with 153 hotels in ten countries, mostly in the Nordic region. Scandic's strategy is to be solely a hotel operator and its business concept is "to offer many people the highest value for money when staying in hotels, during work and leisure." Scandic Hotel AB (publ) Box 6197, SE-102 33 Stockholm, Sweden Telephone +46 8 517 350 00. Telefax +46 8 517 352 70 E-mail: info@scandic-hotels.com. Internet: www.scandic-hotels.com Corporate reg, no. 556299-1009 ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/06/30/20000630BIT00060/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/06/30/20000630BIT00060/bit0002.pdf